Megan Greenwell, Deadspin’s top editor, is leaving the site, she announced on Friday. Greenwell was the first female editor-in-chief of the sports website, which rose to prominence as part of the Gawker network and is known for its adversarial brand of journalism.
“I’ll have a new thing to announce next week, but for the moment I’m going to feel sad that I’m leaving and very grateful that I got to work with this group of brilliant weirdos,” Greenwell wrote on Twitter.
Her last day at Deadspin is August 23.
Greenwell’s exit, 18 months after she was hired, comes at a time of upheaval for G/O Media, a collection of “digital-first brands” including Deadspin, Splinter, Lifehacker, Kotaku, the Onion and more. In April, the sites were sold by Univision to private equity firm Great Hill Partners. In recent months, the site’s new leadership — including CEO Jim Spanfeller, previously with Forbes — has clashed with Deadspin staffers over the direction of the site.
Before Deadspin, Greenwell worked as an editor at Esquire, ESPN the Magazine and New York magazine. According to several sources who had heard of Greenwell’s plans, one potential landing spot is as an editor at Wired.
— The Washington Post